Dying Into Life: The Yoga of Death, Loss and Transformation
The Second Edition to Dying Into Life: The Yoga of Death Loss and Transformation and CD and its KRI Certified Specialty Training are Now Available. Death and loss are universal experiences, which we all experience in our lives. The experience of death and loss are never convenient, and everyone responds to them differently. For some, death is an ending, a tragedy, a wall of sorts; for others, it is a beginning, a door or an opportunity for tremendous personal growth and transformation. With training, we can prepare ourselves to view and respond to these transitions with more grace and inner serenity. We can also help others in their own transformative journey. Dying into Life book and course will give you such a training. This course/training is based on an ancient Eastern spiritual orientation of death and loss, conducive to any religious or non-religious tradition. We will explore how life and death are experienced each moment of our lives. Your experience will include some simple relaxing and energizing chair exercises (ll of the practices are done in a chair in the book but can be done on the floor as well), mindful meditation (including the use of breath, sound, the gong, and hand positions), instructor-based lectures, whole and small group discussions, and expressions through art mediums. We will also do special ancient and safe meditations and visualization to prepare for death.
Some of the topics addressed include:
Exploring Death from an Eastern/Yogic Perspective
Changing the Mystery, Fear and Mystic Around Death
Karma, Dharma, Reincarnation
Heaven and Hell in Life and Death
Liberation While Alive
Types of Death (special attention to suicide)
Children and Death
Preparing for and Rehearsing Death
Tools to Work with Someone Transitioning and Their Families
Healing Through Prayer, Meditation and Shuniya
Understanding Your Role Realistically and Effectively
Leaving a Legacy
Journey of the Soul Through the Five Blue Ethers
Spiritual Perspective on Grief
Creating a Relationship After Death
Teaching Chair Yoga
Who is this book and training for? We will all die at some time. And, we will most likely have the opportunity to help a loved one, yoga student or friend transition. If we feel comfortable with our own death first, we will be better prepared to help another. Populations include:
Social workers and Counselors, working with death, grief and loss issues
Healers of all disciplines
Anyone who might help someone else die, i.e., family member, friend
Anyone who wants to die fearlessly with grace and peace
“I am so grateful for the opportunity to experience this Dying Into Life book and workshop under the guidance of Dr. JivanJoti Khalsa. They were excellent, very educational, and inspiring. I will carry with me this learning experience in my life journey and hope to share it in a healing and compassionate way with others. I think the meditations for healing one’s grief will be especially helpful. Thank you JivanJoti for your sharing, your knowledge, your selflessness and your openness.” TDLL
“This Dying Into Life book and workshop were excellent; extremely helpful to me in my work with terminal patients and in dealing with family members close to the end. It was also therapeutic for me personally, since some memories came up for me that were very painful, and it was helpful to share them in a safe and supportive environment. I appreciated learning different meditation techniques for balancing and clearing emotions.” Thank You! M
“This Dying Into Life book and course are very valuable and fill an obvious gap in the death and dying process. My experience with the typical Western way of viewing/handling a natural process that everyone must go through with loved ones and with him/herself does little to aid a person in being able to welcome or find comfort in this inevitable event. This book and course provide a beautiful alternative paradigm. I found the additional 6th Step in the Grieving Process, “Spirits Merging” to be excellent as well. Thank you!”
Karma, Dharma and Reincarnation
July 11, 2021
Wake up! Now is the time! Wake up! Time is running out! Wake up! Sing God’s praises and realize your destiny. Karma makes you sleepy. Dharma wakes you up. Wake up! Leave your errors behind you. Practice Raj Yoga. Now is the time! Wake up! Yogi Bhajan-Furmaan Khalsa, 1989
The times are shaking us to wake up. They are challenging us to drop our past karmas and live in Dharma. The key point in the law of karma is self-responsibility in all we say, think and do. At every moment we have the choice to create our future. In order to fully understand the Yogic philosophy of life/death, it is necessary to explore the concepts of Karma (fate), Dharma (destiny) and Reincarnation. All Eastern paths acknowledge the theory of karma and the transmigration of souls from one form of life to another, until all karmas have been completed, and they are ready to be united with their Creator. In this course, we will delve into how these concepts affect not only the quality of our life and but our death as well.
“…say: ’I have come here to live. I shall not die. Death is my liberation. Death is not my end.’ If you can change the mental attitude, death will not touch you.” Yogi Bhajan,Library of Teachings, December 19, 1994
Death arrives in different ways, depending upon our karma. In this class, we will explore the three main types of death: Accidental Death, Karmic Death and Liberated Death. We will also touch upon Near-Death experiences and Suicide. Even though this class stands alone, the first class, Karma, Dharma and Reincarnation is a good foundation to bring more meaning and clarity to this one. We will take a closer look at how we can affect the type of death we have.
“And what is it to cease breathing, but to free the breath from its restless tides, that it may rise and expand and seek God unencumbered?” Kahlil Gibran
Building upon the last two workshops, we now come to the process of death and the journey of the soul. The medical field has given us the concept of the “moment of death.” Unless the death is instantaneous or suicide, death is usually a gradual process with the shutting down of the body’s elements – earth, water, fire, air and ether. Following their dissolution, the soul begins its journey through the electromagnetic field and into the five blue ethers, where it goes through a purification process, determining the next step in the evolution of one’s soul. At the conclusion of this class, we will do a visualization to “rehearse” dying.
All three of these classes will be informational and experiential in nature. Dr. JivanJoti will lecture, followed by small group sharing and when time an additional process exercise. Yogic technologies, like meditation and praanayam appropriate for the class’s topic will always be included to enhance the experience.
“The Dying Into Life book and course are interesting, informative and uplifting. Besides supplying information and descriptions about the death and dying process from an Eastern/Yogic perspective, they give an opportunity to focus on and experience meditations related to that process. The description of the Five Blue Ethers after death are fascinating and enlightening.” A